The Saint Clare Center for Contemplation

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The Saint Clare Center for Contemplation is a retreat center located in Western New York. Ideally located close to the heart of Rochester, we welcome individuals, a wide variety of groups and non-profit organizations. Whether you come for just one day, or stay for a full week, we help provide the space and conditions for the mind and heart to come to stillness.

Guided Retreats

The retreat center is host to periodic guided retreats, hosted by The Assisi Institute. These events are enlightening and enjoyable. Please see our OFFERINGS page for information on upcoming retreats and other happenings.

Upcoming Retreat:

Transforming the Chemistry of Our Lives  |  A Study of Prayer |  Saturday, May 13th, 2017

You are invited to participate in a special mini-retreat, the focus of which is prayer as a path to God realization. Together we explore the relationship between prayer and meditation, how prayer changes us, how prayer deepens our conscious contact with God, and how prayer moves heaven on our behalf.




The retreat center is located within the Assisi Institute. The center’s facilities include a library and sitting room, a dining room, a large kitchen, and comfortable bedrooms with accompanying bathrooms. In addition to the retreat center’s facilities, the Assisi Institute features a meditation temple, fellowship space, a fellowship kitchen, a large multi-purpose room, and a gift shop. Ample parking is also available.

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Types of Retreats

Individual Retreats
Includes access to the meditation temple, use of the library, sitting room, and building grounds. May or may not include a private bedroom, depending upon preference. Visitor, day, overnight and 24-hour rates are available.

Group Retreats
Includes private bedrooms and accompanying bathrooms. Exclusive use of the library, sitting room, and retreat dining room. Access to meditation temple and the building grounds. Options for meal service are available.


We can accommodate up to 13 overnight guests in seven single occupancy rooms and two double rooms. Bed and bath lines provided for each guest.


We do not offer meal service, but our retreat center has a well-equipped kitchen and a comfortable dining room. You may prepare your own meals or hire a caterer. Catering suggestions upon request.


Please use the contact information below to inquire about our facility rental rates.

Discounts & Scholarships
It is the retreat center’s policy that financial need should never be an obstacle. Please inquire about community member discounts and scholarships.

Reservations & Inquiries

For reservation requests, rental inquiries, to schedule a tour of our facilities, or to ask questions you may have, please contact We welcome your visit to The Saint Clare Center for Contemplation.